An Ancient Art Form:
The Alambic Charentais

Charbay Brandy: Nº.83 / Nº.89

Each Charbay spirit is truly a labor of love - distilled by hand to ensure that you're tasting the finest possible combination of creativity, distilling skill and raw materials in the world of spirits today.

Fresh sugar cane syrup, tree-ripened Blood Oranges, whole-leaf green tea - we stay in touch with our growers year around. We capture the flavors so you have that just-picked taste year around.

The art of distilling is alive and ever evolving at Charbay because Miles & Marko never stop wondering how to take today's benchmark to the next level.

Brandy Nº. 83

This is a story that began in 1983 on a very foggy night. Everyone was hushed as we lit the Still for the very first run.

We were honored that Mr. Pruhlo, the founder of the company that made the exotic still, had come from France to be with us. I remember him as a proper Frenchman, a proud and warm gentleman who was truly loving the moment. His company is no longer in business and we have lost Mr. Pruhlo, yet here is Charbay Brandy, alive with the captured evening as part of its soul.

Over thrity years have passed since then. We have watched over it and let it naturally evolve into a proud and warm, pure Folle Blanche brandy. Double distilled by an excited crew and cut with precision. Aged in French oak.

People who have tasted it through the years continued to ask, "when will it be released?" I had thought for the turn of the century celebration but that passed by...

We released the 27 year old Brandy on November 8th, the anniversary of when Miles landed in North America in 1962 from Europe. With this Brandy, he continues the 12 generations of distilling in his family. He was the first in his family to leave the homeland. It was California where he chose to carry on the tradition.

It was a humble beginning.

Alcohol 40% | 80 Proof | 375mL & 750mL


Double-distilled from rare 1983 Folle Blanche (Mendocino County) in the classic 660-gallon Alambic Charentais Pot Still, then aged 27 years in French Limousin oak. Hand bottled and numbered.


5 STARS/HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION - Spirit Journal/Paul Pacult (Dec 2013) "A world-class pot-still brandy that, to my mind, is a pinnacle achievement of master distiller Miles Karakasevic. That's saying a lot when one considers the numerous milestone distillates he and son Marko have produced in the last quarter century. In a word, WOW."

ROBB REPORT "Best of the Best" (2011)

"... an unbelievable brandy and well worth the accolades. Extremely limited in quantity, his artisan brandy is a velvet tapestry of cherry, chocolate, citrus, and marzipan, with a hint of walnut on the finish.” - Richard Carleton Hacker

"Perhaps the finest American Brandy ever distilled, this is a crowning achievement from the guys at Charbay." - K&L Liquors/San Francisco (May 2015)

Brandy Nº. 89

Distilled during the winter of 1989, Brandy No. 89 is a classic. Caramel, toasty vanilla aromas and flavors with a touch of clove...Layer after layer unfolds with each sip. The finish is full with long, lingering flavors.

This is an ancient art form: the Alambic Charentais sorts out the men from the boys because 'you live with how you make those cuts'. Other stills are automatic - turn it on and stand back. But they strip the flavors instead of building up layers of flavors.

Aged 24 years in Limousin oak.

Alcohol 46% | 92 Proof | 750ml


We selected 22 barrels that captured toasty, caramel richness that we wanted for this release. When it got down to the strength of the finished brandy, Marko didn't have the heart to cut the alcohol below 46% because the flavors were so meshed and smooth.

So though you may expect a Brandy at 40%, there's a little more gusto in this bottling. You know Marko. He wants you taste it as if you were right there with him.


PAUL PACULT'S TOP 75 5-STAR SPIRITS (#16) - Spirit Journal (12/14)